Skip to comments.Coalition Detainee Operations Release More Than 14,000
Posted on 09/29/2008 4:07:52 PM PDT by SandRat
BAGHDAD Task Force 134 Detainee Operations, in its continuous effort to fairly release rehabilitated detainees from the population, has released over 14,150 detainees so far this year.
A significant number of the total released for the year happened during the holy month of Ramadan. As of the end of the fourth week of Ramadan, 2,404 detainees have been returned to their families and communities in recognition that they no longer pose a threat to Iraqis.
The current releases have brought the total internee population in Coalition forces custody to about 17,900 as of, Sept. 29, 2008.
These are not mass releases, but fair releases, said Brig. Gen. David Quantock, Multi-National Force - Iraq deputy commanding general of Task Force 134. Weve increased the number of Multi-National Force Review Committee boards to responsibly release those who have completed their detention.
Quantock also explained that the increase in releases is largely due to the improved security in Iraq. This, coupled with the educational and vocational classes offered inside the theater internment facility, has created a population of internees that are excited about returning to their communities and becoming productive and prosperous citizens.
Prior to being released internees attend a class known as Tanweer, or enlightenment. This class is intended to prepare the internee for rejoining Iraqi society.
The internees discuss civics, the new Iraqi government, reintegration with their families and communities, and can participate in small group discussions with Iraqi clerics and Iraqi social workers, said Quantock.
Also, the internees have the opportunity to participate in classes that cover basic Arabic reading and writing, mathematics and science. Vocational classes, such as wood-working, sewing and masonry, provide valuable skills that the internees can use to help rebuild their communities when they are released and to earn money that they can give to their families while they are in custody.
We have a responsibility to the people of Iraq that extends beyond ensuring those detained in our theater internment facilities are treated with care and respect, said Quantock. We must also be confident that our process for release ensures the protection and security of the citizens in the communities that these detainees return to, so our processes must be responsible and deliberate.
Now, if we can only apply the same strategy to this country, maybe we could create a more peaceful, and responsible citizenship.
I know. I’m dreaming.
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